4 NBA Players Who Will Make Great Future Coaches
The point guard position is filled with candidates of players that would make great future coaches in the NBA.
From role players to superstars, all point guards must be leaders to be successful at their job. The point guard has many duties in the game of basketball. They direct the flow of the game, keep everyone involved, and try to make the most out of every player on the floor. By definition, the point guard is the basketball maestro.
As the basketball maestro, the point guard is essentially the coach on the floor. It's the reason many of them would be great as head coaches once they eventually hang up their shoes.
Despite missing most of his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers, Billups still found ways to make an impact—on the coaching seat.
After joining the bench in a suit, Clippers assistant coach Robert Pack told the Los Angeles Times, "Billups is an incredible asset because his words resonate with the players." Pack continued.
"Not that they're not listening [to us], but it's a teammate," Pack said of the Billups. "It's a guy who's right there in the trenches with them and even though he's hurt right now, they started the season, they played with him, they battled with him, and him just giving little words of wisdom is definitely well-received."
Billups, known by many as "Mr. Big Shot," is one of the most well respected players in the NBA. He's been a Finals MVP and has competed at a high level since his rookie season in 1997-98. Billups has a résumé you can't make up in a movie script.
Billups would be a great studio analyst, but hopefully he'll give it a shot as a coach before he goes down that road. The NBA would be greatly served with Billups leading a teaching an NBA franchise some day.
Jason Kidd may have some work to do off the court before he can become someone a team can put their trust in, but there's no denying his rich basketball knowledge.
Kidd has been in the NBA since 1994. 2012 No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Davis was a year old when Kidd was a rookie. Kidd has played against Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal all at the peak of their powers. Kidd's NBA experience is legendary.
Playing in the NBA for so long, Kidd has watched the league transition to the point where it is now. As a coach, he would bring generations of knowledge to the seat. Kidd can also share his own personal struggles, and teach his players how to avoid those same mistakes.
Kidd, a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, would make a great coach if he chooses that path.
If the president of the NBA's player union job doesn't work out for Derek Fisher, there's always coaching.
You have to hand it to Fisher. His body has been washed up for three seasons now, yet he still finds ways to make an impact on the court.
Fisher was useless on last year's Los Angeles Lakers squad. His biggest attributes, making high momentum shots and being a strong locker room presence, were a waste.
Once Fisher signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder, his worth in the NBA was re-recognized. What Fisher could no longer do on the court, he made up for off the court. Fisher had essentially become a coach in uniform, there to keep the ship heading in the correct destination.
Fisher wasn't blessed with freakish athletic gifts like his longtime teammate Kobe Bryant. Throughout his professional career, Fisher's hard work has resulted in major contributions to the ultimate team goal—NBA championships.
As a head coach, Fisher will teach through his own experience of making a name for himself in the NBA. Nothing was handed to Fisher. Everything he did in his career was earned. The big shots, the motivational speeches, playing through rough patches in his personal life.
From an experience and leadership standpoint, Fisher is just the person any fanbase or owner would want to lead their team.
Superstars don't usually make good NBA coaches, but Chris Paul may be the exception.
No player, aside from LeBron James, controls the floor as well as Paul. He knows everything that's going on at all times. Every cut, every player's sweet spots, what things frustrate opponents. Paul has mastered the little differences that go into winning a basketball game.
Paul could be teamed with a group of benchwarmers and could make them look great. Paul's intense knowledge of the game and his legendary court awareness are just some of the reasons why he's the best point guard in the NBA. Like Fisher, Paul is as close as you can get to have a real coach out on the floor.
Last season, the Clippers made the postseason for the first time since 2005-06. The Clippers are a young squad, but Paul constantly directed his teammates, making sure they were making the right cuts or were located at the right place at the right time.
This is more difficult than it sounds. Paul worked around a coach, Vinny Del Negro, who consistently made more than his own fair share of questionable moves.
As a head coach, Paul would bring an awareness no other coach has ever had. Paul also has patience, a very important factor that separates teachers from good to great.
The only thing that will prevent Paul from becoming a great coach is the life of relaxation after his NBA career. Coaching is hard, stressful work. Paul could be a fantastic coach, but retirement must sound nice following years of competing on the court at the highest level.